‘Brave’ is such a good feel animated film for children and parents alike; also, the 3D for the most part is outstanding. Pixar has finally given us a female protagonist; this redheaded stubborn girl was definitely worth the wait. Although the story gets complex and perhaps a bit dark for a younger audience, it’s enchanting and captivating taking us to unexpected places.
This story is set in Scotland in a mythical time that assimilates the middle ages. We get to see Princess Merida (Kelly Macdonald) grow up into a strong willed woman, who gets exasperated by her mother, Queen Elinor (Emma Thompson). The Queen tries in vain to teach Merida how to be a Princess every waking minute, but Merida wishes nothing more than to lead a normal life where she can practice her archery despite of it being not very feminine. Merida gets along better with her father, Lord MacGuffin (Kevin McKidd), because he supports and encourages her unlady like ways. Frustrated Merida tries to change tradition with the help of a witch, but she comes to realize that the spell she casts is more than she can handle.
Directors Mark Andrews and Brenda Chapman created a mother-daughter story unlike any we’ve seen before; it is heart warming, funny and leaves us with a valuable lesson. The actors that voiced the characters where right on and really gave life to each character. The animation is one of the best I’ve seen, there’s only one scene while overlooking some rocky mountains where it looks a bit blurry, but everything else is crisp clear and the 3D makes it feel like you can reach out and touch it all.
Everyone’s favorite characters will be Merida’s triplet brothers, who are mischievously cute. The panoramic scenes are breathtaking and look so real; they blend in perfectly with the atmosphere of the story. The story itself draws you in easily, but it does begin to get a bit muddled when magic gets involved. The reason why it’s successful though, it’s the fact that it caters to both the young and the old, it has slapstick humor along with life lessons and a little more mature jokes.
The best part about the story is the lesson it teaches us, that we are in control of our own destinies and we just have to be brave enough to see it. This is definitely a good film to take your kids to, because it is not only entertaining but it’s also nutritious. Don’t miss the short-film at the beginning titled ‘La Luna’ by Italian director Enrico Casarosa, which also pays homage to family and it’s just adorable.